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DA Recognizes Australia as Having a Comparable Food Safety System to the U.S.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now recognizes Australia as having a food safety system comparable to the U.S. The decision, which was formalized in an agreement between FDA and the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (ADAWR), represents the third time that FDA has recognized a comparable foreign food safety system; New Zealand and Canada received this distinction in 2012 and 2016, respectively. The arrangement allows FDA and ADAWR to establish a framework for regulatory cooperation in areas such as scientific collaboration, inspection and outbreak response.

FDA, working with ADAWR, conducted a systems recognition review and assessment using the International Comparability Assessment Tool to evaluate relevant laws and regulations, inspection programs, compliance measures, enforcement and laboratory support and response efforts regarding food-related illness and outbreaks. Imports from Australia must continue to comply with U.S. statutory and regulatory requirements to ensure safety and proper labeling, including the new standards adopted under the Food Safety Modernization Act .

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